Sylvia Ann Finnicum
August 30, 1940 – September 30, 2016
Sylvia Ann Finnicum, 76, of Newark, DE and Port Charlotte, FL, passed away on Friday, September 30, 2016.
Born in East Moline, IL on August 30, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Elizabeth (Vermeulen) Willard. Sylvia was a farmer’s daughter of strong stock. She grew up in Henry County, Illinois and attended grade and high school in Cambridge where she met her eventual husband, Tom. He went off to the University of Illinois and they soon married and together scraped and scratched their way to his graduation. Upon graduation, they and their three sons moved often the first ten years with the DuPont Company but Newark was always home base. For the past 22 years, Sylvia and Tom have been snowbirds between Newark and Port Charlotte, Florida.
An avid golfer, she and her husband were members of both the Riverwood Golf Club in Port Charlotte and Newark Country Club. Sylvia was a master gardener and quilter and she loved garage sales. Most importantly, Sylvia was a talented homemaker who devoted her life to her loving family.
Sylvia fought a courageous battle against lung cancer beginning 12 years ago and gained unexpected remission at that time. Unfortunately, the cancer returned a year ago. Her family has deep appreciation for the care she received by the staff at Christiana Care of Newark and the Florida Cancer Specialists of Port Charlotte.
She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Loren Thomas Finnicum; children, Bradley T. Finnicum (Sheila) of Wilmington, NC, Douglas S. Finnicum (Sandra) of Kansas City, KS, and Bruce W. Finnicum (Carmen) of Newark; sister, Delila Brock of Clarksville, TN; grandchildren, Samuel, Matthew, Timothy, Brett, Dana, Ariel, and Brooke Finnicum; and her loving Shih Tzu, Archie.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Saturday morning, October 8, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE, where a memorial service will follow at 11:00 am. Interment will be held privately in All Saints Cemetery. Friends and family are cordially invited to a reception immediately following the memorial service at the Newark Country Club, 300 West Main Street, Newark, DE.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sylvia’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read’s Way, Ste. 205, New Castle, DE 19720 or to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor, Newark, DE, 19711.